11/6/2018 12:00:00 AM
Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit Registration Deadline Approaching
Early registration for the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit ends Nov. 12. The conference will be held Dec. 6-7, 2018 at the Prairie Meadows Events Center in Altoona. All cattle producers are invited to come for education, inspiration and the opportunity to talk to other members of the industry from around the state.
This year’s meeting will feature a large trade show, where seedstock, cow/calf and feedlot producers will be able to see new products, pick up educational materials, and find solutions to their everyday problems on the farm. The tradeshow will be open from 10 am to 5:30 pm on Thursday, December 6, and 8:30 am - noon on Friday, December 7.
“Our trade show this year showcases animal health products, resources, and equipment for cow/calf and feedlot operations,” says Merle Witt, ICA’s Western Iowa Membership Coordinator. “We have several new vendors taking part and there will be equipment on display.”
In addition to the trade show, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation will hold their annual banquet. The foundation provides scholarships and other opportunities for youth in the cattle industry. A fundraiser auction will raise money for Youth Beef Team, the Beef Scholarship Extravaganza and other foundation activities. Supporters can bid in person at the banquet or online.
Educational presentations include a keynote by Bruce Vincent, a Montana logger who was regulated out of business. Vincent will share how environmentalists forced his family’s business to shut its doors after three generations, and advice to keep cattle producers from suffering the same fate.
A panel discussion on individual animal ID and traceability will feature ag professionals from Michigan and Kansas, as well as an Iowa cattle feeder who uses electronic IDs on his cattle. The audience will then be asked to come to a consensus on ICA’s policy regarding the topic.
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will hold its policy committee meetings which are open to all members. The meetings are the final opportunity for cattlemen to discuss priorities for the association and set policy for 2019.
The next morning, an appreciation breakfast will be held for county leaders prior to the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council annual meetings.
Anyone interested in attending can find more information at www.iacattlemen.org.
About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education."